“M”ed”J’ugor”J”e…One “M” ..Two “J”s ..I woke up this morning and I could not get this thought out of my head, and I wondered if this was important.





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The name “Medjugorje” has always been a bit of an enigma – at least the spelling of the English version.

The one thing most people agree on is the name is difficult to pronounce. Some might think there are as many ways to say “Medjugorje” as the number of pilgrims who find their way to the special town full of God’s grace.

I was getting ready to go to Mass the other day and for some reason, I woke up  thinking about the spelling of “Medjugorje”.

Then it suddenly occurred to me that the English spelling of “Medjugorje” – in an odd way – contains two “Js” and one “M”.    I say odd because  Medjugorje is one of the few words in the English language that contains two “Js”, maybe the only word.

I then began to think if this was important in any way.

And then, in an instant, it came to me. “Jesus, Mary and Joseph”  Two “Js” and one “M”. How perfect that the name Medjugorje would be spelled in such a way. The Holy Family was always with us when our thoughts are on Medjugorje.

Then another thought came to me that was very important to my conversion and my return to the Catholic Church. The four words quite literally led me back.

I thought of the saying that Pope John Paul II made famous: “To Jesus through Mary” or put another way  ‘Two Jesus through Mary” – Two “Js” one “M”.

Of course, this daydream of mine may mean nothing, but then again it could mean everything.

One thing is for certain is that there is no place on the planet where more people go  “To Jesus through Mary” than Medjugorje.

Steve Ryan

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8 thoughts on ““M”ed”J’ugor”J”e…One “M” ..Two “J”s ..I woke up this morning and I could not get this thought out of my head, and I wondered if this was important.

  • October 11, 2017 at 5:59 am
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    “because Medjugorje is one of the few words in the English language that contains two “Js”.” It’s not English

    • October 11, 2017 at 6:50 am
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      Its the english spelling .. In Croatia its spelled with one “j”

    • May 27, 2019 at 9:48 am
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      Not only that it’s not a word it’s a name lol

      • May 27, 2019 at 10:09 am
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        it has differnet spelling ..in the English language it is spelled diferently than Croation .

        Also Medjugorje has evolved into “word” I think it is worth mentioning

  • October 11, 2017 at 10:09 am
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    That’s right in Croatia it is spelled with “1j” but still it’s spelled mostly everywhere else in the world with “2j” !! Love both thoughts!!! ❤❤ And that’s very right~ “Mary always lead us to Jesus”!!!
    Have a wonderful and blessed trip to Medjugorje!!! 😊
    ( Just got back from my 2nd trip to Medjugorje! It is Heaven on earth!!!)

    • October 11, 2017 at 10:37 am
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      so wonderful to hear about your experience in Medjugorje – can’t wait!

  • May 27, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    It’s not a English word not only that it’s not a word it’s a name.

  • May 27, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    In the Croatian language it is spelled as Međugorje, which means “between the hills” – as in “You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills” (Ps.104:10).

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